04/11/2011 11:02 | Ester Ehnsmyr

Stanford launches Gender Innovations project

Project Director Londa Schiebinger from Stanford University announces the launching of the international Gender Innovations project, which draws upon experts from across both the EU and the US and aims to provide scientists and engineers with practical methods for sex and gender analysis.

The Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, and Engineering Project is funded by Stanford University and the European Commission, with the goal to develop practical methods of sex and gender analysis for scientists and engineers and provide case studies as concrete illustrations of how sex and gender analysis leads to innovation.

"It is crucially important to identify gender bias and understand how it operates in science and technology. But analysis cannot stop there: Analyzing sex and gender prospectively can serve as a resource to stimulate new knowledge and technologies. From the start, sex and gender analyses act as “controls” (or filters for bias) to provide excellence in research, policy, and practice. The Gendered Innovations project offers sophisticated methods of sex and gender analysis to stimulate the creation of gender-responsible science and technology, thereby enhancing the lives of women and men worldwide." (directions from the project website)

The goal of the Gendered Innovations project is to provide scientists and engineers with practical methods for sex and gender analysis. To match the global reach of science and technology, methods of sex and gender analysis were developed through international collaborations, as recommended in the 2010 genSET Consensus Report and the United Nations Resolutions related to Gender, Science and Technology passed March 2011.

The Gendered Innovations project was initiated at the Clayman Institute at Stanford University, July 2009. The project entered into a collaboration with the European Commission, January 2011. In addition to drawing experts from across the US, Gendered Innovations now involves experts from the EU 27 Member States.

Project Director is Professor Londa Schiebinger, John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University, and Co-Directors are Professor Ineke Klinge, Associate Professor of Gender Medicine, Caphri School for Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences at the Maastricht University, and Professor Dr. Martina Schraudner, Fraunhofer-Headquarters, Berlin, Professor for Gender and Diversity in Organizations at the Technical University Berlin.

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